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Organise a LCOY

Principles of LCOY

There are a total of 10 Pillars of Principle, on which an LCOY is based. These ten principles guide the work of every LCOY. Anyone who follows them can organise an LCOY.

1. Capacity Building & Empowerment:

Local Conferences of Youth are events by and embedded in YOUNGO. They build capacities of young people and train and educate them to take action on climate change and sustainable development.

2. Transparency:

LCOY organizing teams communicate actively with the LCOY Working Group and other actors. This will help us as an international movement and constituency of young people to learn from the experiences and mistakes made on the local level.

3. Inclusivity:

YOUNGO welcomes and values the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalized communities bring to the climate movement, and encourages Indigenous people, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQI+, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants and people with disabilities to be involved and represented throughout the LCOY processes. People with all levels of education and experience are welcome. We recognize that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual.

4. Sustainability:

LCOY teams strive to make their conferences as sustainable as possible, noting the regional and national circumstances, and capacities.

5. By Youth For Youth:

The organising process must be led by young people and youth-led Entities. Youth are the primary participants of LCOYs.

6. Community building:

LCOY organizers engage in and strengthen already-existing networks of young people and youth entities in the country and region the LCOY takes place in. In the absence of such avenues,  LCOYs are encouraged to lay foundations for new networks.

7. Preparation for UN processes:

LCOYs provide space for young people to learn about, educate, train for, and contribute to UN climate processes, including the UN climate change negotiations and related sustainable development processes.

8. Global Action:

LCOY teams are encouraged to undertake activities or projects with other LCOYs promoting regional and global collaboration.

9. Spirit of Cooperation:

LCOYs are part of and nurture a community of young people who want to work together to fight climate change and promote mutual empowerment. To do so, LCOYs actively cooperate with​ young people and youth organisations within the same country or region, other LCOYs (especially those in the same region), the YOUNGO LCOY Working Group, the Global COY and other relevant processes and avenues within YOUNGO.

10. Creativity:

LCOY teams are encouraged to experiment with creative ideas that would form the basis of their learning. The best practices and lessons learned are shared with the broader YOUNGO community to help other youth for future projects.

Requirements of LCOY

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No to Polluters!

LCOYs do not enter in partnerships with fossil fuel companies or other orgs that stand in conflict with the interest of young people.

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By Youth, for Youth

LCOYs must be organized by young people and for young people. Elders can observe & provide knowledge assistance if required.

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LCOYs must remain transparent about their work by making information  openly available to the LCOY WG, other LCOYs and the general public.


Coordination & Cooperation

LCOYs are organised in a spirit of cooperation. If young people or youth movements other than approved people or groups...
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LCOYs are organized in a spirit of cooperation. If young people or youth movements other than the hereby approved people and groups wish to organize an LCOY in the same country, the approved LCOY is open to search for ways to cooperate.


Constructive Outcome

LCOYs write and publish an output document capturing the views of youth participants on UNFCCC processes, national policy issues…view more.

LCOYs write and publish an output document that captures the views of youth participants on UNFCCC processes, national policy issues, or other topics related to climate change or sustainable development.

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Submission of Report

LCOYs write and publish a short report that comprises (at least) the no of participants, statistics of origin, and info about cooperating organizations.

  • These applications can be submitted until 45 days before the Global Conference of Youth (COY) takes place.

  • The application process aims to prevent conflicts between groups that want to organize LCOYs in the same country or region.

  • It also offers an opportunity to members of YOUNGO to learn more about the applying team in order to explore ways for future collaboration.

  • Finally, it allows the LCOY Working Group to check if 6 fundamental requirements for LCOYs are met. These requirements are to be fulfilled by ​every prospective LCOY team who submits an application to the YOUNGO LCOY Working Group.


Desde el principio, los jóvenes han participado activamente en las Conferencias de las Partes (COP) organizadas por la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (CMNUCC).

En 2005, se reunieron formalmente en Montreal antes de la COP11 para hacer oír su voz, creando así la primera Conferencia de la Juventud (COY). En 2009, durante la COP15, la secretaría de la CMNUCC y los estados miembros de la Convención reconocieron oficialmente a los jóvenes como un grupo de observadores propios (confirmando el estado en 2011), para representar la voz formal de la niñez y la juventud en los procesos de la CMNUCC. La circunscripción se conoce como YOUNGO.

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